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Hall Bookings

3 different venues.

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Cleansing

If there are any issues regarding cleansing in Whitchurch Village, please contact B&NES Council Connect on
01225 394041
councilconnect@bathnes.gov.uk.

This is the best way for B&NES to monitor areas which need clearing more often and will be acted on quickly.

Welcome to the Whitchurch Parish Council website.

Whitchurch village is a small parish of just over 500 properties and just over 1000 electors, located in Bath and North East Somerset, just south east of Bristol & west of Bath. Please use the map link to view the village location. There has been a Parish Council in the village since 1894.

Whitchurch village has a pub, primary school, playfield, cemetery, community centre, two churches and many businesses. The Parish is bisected by the busy A37 road.

This website, which has been recently refreshed, has been set up to raise the profile of Whitchurch Village and that of the Parish Council. We hope the information the website provides will be a valuable resource for all things connected with Whitchurch Village. Whether you are a resident of the village, seeking to move into the area, or just visiting the area we hope you’ll find something on this website to interest you.

We’ve included articles on how the Parish Council operates and the dates of our meetings, some of the village history and also events that we know are happening in Whitchurch in the coming months. We also provide details of a number of organisations that operate within the village. However, if there is something you think we’ve missed, do please let us know by using the feedback form and we’ll consider updating the site.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.


Latest News

New Local Plan for B&NES

2016 – 2036
Issues & Options Consultation

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Results of Poll

Whitchurch Village

Referendum on the adoption of Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

Just a quick note to update you on the Referendum held last Thurs 16th November. Thank you to all those who voted, please see the Declaration of Result below, with a resounding Yes vote. The next step is the Joint Spatial Plan, please come along to a meeting being held on Thursday 23rd November from 7-9pm in the Whitchurch and Pensford Royal British Legion, to find out how the proposals could affect Whitchurch Village.

 

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Whitchurch Village Council
Christmas Light Switch On 2017

Join us on Friday 1st December at 7pm in Church Road for Christmas Festivities.

Including songs from the Children of Whitchurch Primary School,

Festive music and carols

The Millennium Garden lights will be switched on by a very special guest!

This will be followed by traditional seasonal fare of mince pies and Mulled Wine in St. Nicholas Church Hall.

A retiring collection will be made for St Peters Hospice.


Whitchurch Village Council Whitchurch in Lights

This year our popular Christmas Lights Competition is back.

Decorate your premises to celebrate Christmas,

Judging will take place on the 13th December.

There will be prizes for the Best house and Best Business.

There is no need to enter just have your lights ready for judging.

Youth Bus Whitchurch

We Offer a range of information, support and activities such as
  • Information services and career advice, including CV’s
  • Sexual health and Relationships
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Trips such as theme parks or adventurous activities
  • Internet Safety and cyber bullying
  • Creating arts and cooking
  • Self-esteem & Emotional Resilience
  • Sports Activities

Contact:Rob on 07875 488786 or rob_rumming-pain@bathnes.gov.uk

It’s Free, Confidential and Friendly

Notice of Referendum

Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum on the adoption of Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

  1. A referendum will be held on Thursday 16 November 2017 to decide on the question below:
    ‘Do you want Bath & North East Somerset Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Whitchurch Village to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
  2. New applications to be included on the register of electors for this referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (address below) no later than Tuesday 31 October 2017. Applications can be made online via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
  3. New applications to vote by post, or to amend existing postal or proxy arrangements (e.g. cancellations or re-directions) must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (address below) no later than 5pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017.
  4. New applications to vote by proxy must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (address below) no later than 5pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017.
  5. Applications to vote by proxy on grounds of occupation, service, employment or a medical condition, illness or disability arising after 5pm on Wednesday 8 November must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (address below) by 5pm on Thursday 16 November 2017.

Dated: Thursday 12 October
Maria Lucas
Counting Officer
Electoral Registration Officer
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Whitchurch Village Fete 2017

The sun shone brightly on Whitchurch Village Fete’s 40th birthday and local folk (& their canine partners) made the most of the chance to meet up with friends and enjoy being entertained by events in the arena, including Concord band, Enchante Baton Twirlers, Shaolin Wushu martial arts, family sports, Ferretworld and Natalie White’s Dance School.

The Fete opened with waves from Paw Patrol lookalikes, Skye and Marshall from Special Occasions Mascots and Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall in their bright blue beach buggy, followed by The Littlest Rescue’s Chewy the Bunny Car & life-size Bunny, Dermot O’Leary!

The marquee attracted a record number of entries and was filled with beautiful flowers, vegetables, arts and crafts, including a satsuma snail & an aubergine penguin!

A1 Pegasus Hawking gave the chance to handle their birds of prey, dogs braved the heat to enter the Dog Show and children had fun on teacup rides, trampolines, bouncy castle and traditional games such as roll-a-coin and table skittles, as well as learning about Guide Dogs for the Blind and more.

The Tea tent team sold their delicious cakes, and volunteers of all ages again worked together to make the day as successful as possible. The Barn Dance in the marquee with the ‘Granny Smiths’ on the Saturday night was enjoyed by all.

A huge thank you to those who collectively contributed hundreds of hours over the weekend and throughout the year to put on the event and to all those who had stalls and attended, also the local Scouts who did a great job with the car parking in the Barbarians Rugby field. And ‘Thank you’ to all those who sponsored activities and donated prizes. All proceeds from the events will go to local charities and organisations.

If this weekend event is to continue next year, more volunteers are needed – please, if you can spend a few hours a month, or help over the weekend, phone Ashton on 01275 832148 or
email Whitchurchvillagefete@hotmail.co.uk or
send a message via Facebook – www.facebook.com/whitchurchvillagefete

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Children’s entries in the Flower tent

Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall, with Organiser Clare Broad

Fete Princesses Mollie, Charlie & Ruby Hall

Your rubbish collection is changing from 6 November

Look out for your new wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag delivered to your home between 25 September and early November.

Preparations are moving forward for the new service.

What is changing and why?

From 6 November we will be collecting rubbish every other week in wheeled bins or re-usable bags for the majority of residents. Recycling, including food waste will continue to be collected weekly. The chargeable garden waste collections will remain every other week. The changes will help to keep the streets cleaner, increase recycling and make the services more affordable.

Find out your container allocation

In March we sent a letter out with the Council Tax bill to let you know what container you had been allocated. To check your allocation, enter your address at www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle or contact Council Connect.

If you have a query with your allocation please contact Council Connect. Where households have 2 or more children in nappies, 6 or more people in their household or a clear medical need they may be able to apply for a larger bin.

If you need to change your allocation, please contact Council Connect on 01225 394000. They will talk through your needs, and then if appropriate pass on your request for change of container. We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your request. In the meantime, your original allocated container will be delivered to you before the start of the new collection as it will be too late to prevent this happening. If we have agreed to issue an alternative container, we will arrange to replace your original with your changed container.

What happens next?

  • Week beginning 28 August – Royal Mail will deliver a leaflet to you giving you more information about the new service
  • From 25 September to early November– we will deliver the wheeled bins/re-usable rubbish bags to 78,000 households. The bins will be delivered to the front edge of your property or your re-usable rubbish bag will be delivered to your door.

 

Please

  • do not put out your new bin/bag for collection until 6 November
  • continue to put out your rubbish as you normally do until the new collection starts
  • put out your rubbish for collection in your new bin/bag on your correct collection day from 6 November

Your bin/bag will be delivered with a welcome pack which will include further information about the new collection service including:

  • How to use your new bin/bag collection
  • Right day, right week collection calendar for 2017-18 – please check carefully as your collection day may have changed, so it’s even more important to make sure your recycling and rubbish is out by 7am. You can sign up now for text message reminders of when your new collection is due. Text your postcode to 07520 631700
  • Details of Christmas and New Year changes
  • How to make the most of your recycling collections
  • 2 stickers to put on your recycling boxes to help you separate your recycling

Getting ready for the new service

If you prefer, from 7 August you can collect recycling containers at one of the three Recycling Centres, rather than wait for one to be delivered.

  • Check our website for the latest updates. Check to see if your query is answered in over 30 FAQs we have on our website www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle
  • Visit one of our roadshows to see the new containers and find out more. Go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/roadshows for details and check on our website to find out where our display wheeled bins are.
  • We are promoting re-usable nappies to help reduce waste. We are selling packs of Bambino Mio re-usable nappies for £150 (£100 less than the retail price).
  • Resident’s packs – we are developing website materials you can download for free to help share messages with neighbours to advise them how to set out their waste etc. The website will explain this further and include a leaflet and tick-card to post to neighbours explaining how to use the service properly.
  • Like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/recycleforbathnes to receive updates and tips.

 


Have a Field Day 2017!

Village Play Park on Saturday 8th July as part of a nationwide celebration of local green spaces. It was a beautiful sunny day and it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves.

The races, organised by Matt, from Whitchurch Village Council, were a real favourite and lots of fun was had by the participant’s, young and old. Alice a volunteer came along to carry out face painting, which was also very popular. This year donations were requested for St Peters Hospice, a total of £194.56 was raised on the day.

This is an annual event organised by Whitchurch Village Council, so look out for details on the website early in 2018.

field day

field day

field day

Fields In Trust Website: www.fieldsintrust.org/fieldday


The Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Following the first round of consultation, the Draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been verified as complete by B&NES Council and is available to download.

B&NES Council will now start a six week formal consultation from the 19th of May 2017 until the 30th of June 2017.

Any additional comments will be passed to an appointed planning inspector who will then decide whether to carry out a public examination.

The Plan and supporting documents are available to download from the following links:-

Neighbourhood Plan Proposals: Whitchurch
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan


The Big Tidy Up 2017

Fourteen Volunteers turned out on Saturday 22nd April, to take part in the annual village clean-up, which was also registered under ‘the Big Tidy up’, a nationwide organisation promoting ‘Love where you live’.

Around 20 bags of rubbish were collected from pavements, footpaths and open spaces around Whitchurch Village to make the area look clean and tidy.

Refreshments were then provided in Whitchurch Community Centre, with homemade cakes donated by a local resident and much appreciated by the volunteers after all their hard work.

big tidy up day

Whitchurch Village Fete’s 40th Birthday!

Make a note now of the date of the 2017 Whitchurch Village Fete weekend, held in Greensmore Field (alongside the A37 for those who don’t know) over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 26th – 28th August. It’s a special one this year, as it’s the Fete’s 40th birthday!

At the Fete on the Monday (Aug 28th), we hope to have 40 dogs in the Dog Show, 40 raffle prizes donated, a 40-meter dash for 40-year olds as well as a 40-feet fancy dress race for the children - and 40 giant/odd-shaped fruit/veg in the Flower Show in the marquee! – so start growing yours NOW…

It would also be great to have 40 new volunteers to help over the weekend/on the Bank Holiday Monday, and 40 stalls at the Car Boot Sale on the Sunday (Aug 27th).

There will also be an event in the marquee on the Saturday evening (Aug 26th) tbc.

If you’d like to help , or have a stall on the Monday, please email whitchurchvillagefete@hotmail.co.uk for more info or a booking form, or phone Ashton on 01275 832148. And for further updates, watch out on here, or see www.whitchurchparishcouncil.co.uk

Make a note in your diary now!


Whitchurch Village in Lights – Results

A big thank you to all residents and businesses, who have decorated their homes/premises, making the village look so festive.

There were so many fantastic displays to choose from, but after careful consideration this year’s winners are:-

Best House – Mr & Mrs Lomas, St Nicholas Road

Best Business – HairbyKnight, Bristol Road


Christmas Lights Switch on – Friday 2nd December 2016

With the weather being kind once again, we had a record turnout of about 200 people, for the increasingly popular ‘Whitchurch Village Christmas Lights switch on’

For this year we decided to hold the major part of the event in Church Road, having arranged with BANES to close the road off. This was to make the crowd safer, but also to allow the lovely Whitchurch Village School Choir to be heard without the disturbance of the A37 traffic.

At 7pm Father Christmas made his annual appearance from his open top car, and enthralled the crowd by leading a countdown to the lights switch on in the Millennium Garden, which almost went perfectly. As the crowd made its way up Church Road, the Choir gathered and sang 3 well known Christmas songs beautifully, with some fantastic solos, to great applause. Then all made their way to the Church Hall for mulled wine & soft drinks, whilst Santa gave out some small gifts to the children. We would especially like to thank the Choir of Whitchurch Village School for their fantastic entertainment.

Judging by the feedback, a ‘good time was had by all… And there was a real sense of a great Community Spirit which actually made the evening very special.

As always, we would like to thank all those who helped on the night (especially in the Church Hall where it was very busy), Bob the PCSO, and Santa & his helpers for making the time to visit us. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over £100 to go towards SW Children’s Hospice.

We are planning to put on a similar event next year – the date is earmarked for FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER 2017 – so please watch this space for more news on the event, where we are looking to have some Christmas Carols to be sung by all, plus some other changes to help the enjoyment of this great community evening. So please put the date in your diary now, and if you fancy helping to organize the evening then please contact Sue Dyer at Whitchurch Village Council.

Thank you to all those who came along & really made the evening worthwhile


Whitchurch Village Fete 2016 – Presentation Evening

“After a wonderful August Bank Holiday Monday, the Whitchurch Village Fete Committee was able to donate cheques to 18 local charities/organisations at their Presentation Evening at the Whitchurch Royal British Legion on November 17th. And we were treated to a demonstration by the Shaolin Wushu martial arts team who also pulled in the crowds at the Fete.
The Committee would welcome new volunteers to help at the Fete's 40th birthday next year, and any ideas/offers of special attractions - and do start growing your fruit & veg for the Flower Show – there will be classes for the biggest giant vegetables and the most unusual mis-shapen veg!”

Awards Photo Gallery 2016

Have a Field Day!

field day

In September 2014, Whitchurch Parish Council held the first ‘Have a Field Day’ at the play–park. This was set up through the Fields in Trust organisation. – www.fieldsintrust.org and celebrates the commemoration of the Field & Play Park as a permanent & protected green space for the Community , under the Fields in Trust banner as part of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee.

Update

A great time was had by all at the third ‘Have a Field’ day held at Whitchurch Village Play Park on Saturday 9th July. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny afternoon in the end and it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves. The races, organised by Matt, from Whitchurch Village Council, were a real favourite and lots of fun was had by the participant’s, young and old. It was agreed that this will be an annual event, so look out for details on the website early in 2017.


The Queen’s 90th Birthday

queen 90th

Whitchurch Village again played its part by participating in this extraordinary event. Our beacon was one of about a thousand up and down the country which was lit to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

A big thankyou to all the volunteers who made this possible, especially the children from Whitchurch Village Primary School, who came along to sing some appropriate songs for the occasion, together with their teachers, parents and helpers.

The beacon was lit, to the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a celebratory drink enjoyed by around 70 people in attendance.


band

band

band

Community Clear Up/Clean for the Queen

Thirteen Volunteers turned out on Saturday 2nd April, to take part in the annual village ‘Community Clear Up’, which also coincided with the national campaign ahead of the Queen’s 90th Birthday to ‘Clean for the Queen’

Around 20 bags of rubbish were collected from pavements, footpaths and open spaces around Whitchurch Village to make the area look clean and tidy.

Refreshments were then provided in Whitchurch Community Centre, with homemade cakes donated by a local resident and much appreciated by the volunteers after all their hard work.

clear up

Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan will play a very important part in the way Whitchurch Village will be shaped over the next few years.

The last open evening was a great success, and provided a good platform to start off the process. We aim to have a further meeting in April, currently scheduled for 21st April.

We really do need YOUR help to progress the Plan, and are seeking volunteers urgently. We are looking for anyone who would be able to contribute a little bit of time & enthusiasm to help a small team of local people who are looking to bring the Plan together.

For more information, please visit the Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan website :- http://www.wvnp.org.uk/home

Contacts :– Paul May on 07919047001

Or through the website http://www.wvnp.org.uk/contact-us

fete field


The CATT bus may be able to help you.

This is a door to door service to those who are unable to access mainstream transport.

For residents in receipt of a concessionary fare card, there is no charge for travel. Residents who are not in receipt of a travel card will be charged £3.00.

Residents need to phone, 0117 377 3450 to book a seat and will be advised of a pick up time. Alternatively residents can email South Bristol Community Hospital

See leaflet for more details. Open Leaflet